Journaling may be slowly becoming a lost art just like hand written letters and love notes. But I personally think there is something powerful that happens when my pen hits the blank pages of my favorite journals. I even love to write down my random lists and things to remember in pretty notebooks. I warned you I was a journal and notebook fanatic. I absolutely LOVE to keep track of my thoughts, growth, struggles, joys, prayers, dreams, and such much more. Here are 10 journals/notebooks that caught my eye while looking for “the one”. I love the ideas it brought to mind for even journaling with the family.
Here are 10 Journals and Notebooks to Inspire Your Writing in the New Year:
1. Ancicraft Leather Handmade Journal with Anchor: I love the look of this journal. It’s handcrafted and made out of genuine leather with 100% handstitch. My journals get lots of wear sometimes and this is perfect for that kind of treatment. The vintage anchor is a great added touch since its my favorite symbol. Comes with a gift box which also makes it a great gift.
2. HorizonsTM Classic Leather Writing Journal This is a keeper! Not only do I love the look of this journal/notebook, its a binder with room for refillable loose leaf pages. Even in the world of IPads I like to have notebooks I can carry without fear of it breaking. This would be the journal to use for my weekly meetings and to-do lists, pages that I won’t mind replacing when needed. It has beautiful embossing and brings thicker pages that should prevent your pen from bleeding or smudging!
3. Our Day 3-Year Journal for Couples with Questions: This journal is just a really neat idea. Its a one sentence journal for couples with a question for every day of the year. Sometimes it could be difficult to get conversations beyond what happened during the day at work, with the kids, and to-do lists. This gives couples a question to think about and answer in one sentence (no huge writing commitment for those with a writing phobia.) You can even ask your spouse and write it in yourself, if you can’t imagine them keeping up with it. Some of the questions are; “Where would you like to travel with your partner? or What does your partner’s laugh sound like?” You go through the same questions for three years and then can compare how your answers have changed or stayed the same. Interesting!
4. My Quotable Kid: A Parents’ Journal of Unforgettable Quotes: I know all kids say the cutest or craziest things sometimes! Sometimes, I’m surprised at how they process something I didn’t think they were ready to understand. This is an adorable way to keep tract of some of those things they say that we could easily forget. This one is good to keep on the counter or the dinner table!
5. Q&A a Day for Kids: A Three-Year Journal: This is the same concept of the Q&A journal for couples but just for parents and their kids with one question a day. It would be really interesting to see their answers change over the span of three years. It’s approximately for ages 4-10. The parent can write in their one sentence answers. Its a great way to create conversations with your kids and makes a great keepsake (perhaps to give back to them when they graduate high school or go off to college).
6. Letters to My Baby: Write Now. Read Later. Treasure Forever.; For those that like to write and scrapbook but may not have much time or feel intimidated by the keeping a baby book, this is an adorable idea and a great treasure for your baby when they are all grown up.
7. Just Between Us: A No-Stress, No-Rules Journal for Girls and Their Moms: This is a great mom and daughter option. My girls are small but I really want to get into the sharing habit early on and create moments for sharing and closeness. My hope is that when the more difficult years of communication come around, we’ve already built great trust and sharing feels normal. I’ve heard from friends with older kids that they wish they would have done more sharing when they were small and willing.
8. Just Dad and Me Journal: Why not? Communication between daughters and parents need not be just with mom. Our girls have plenty of questions for their daddies too. Here is the same type of journal for daughters and their daddy. I like it! (This is by American Girls and they offer the same one for mom and daughters too.) My girls are starting to like the American Girl collection and although they don’t own one, they would probably really like have this journal.
9. The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record: I like to write a lot but sometimes what may keep me from journaling is time. This is such a great solution for those who who want to give journaling a try. It’s a five year journal, with one quote a day you can reflect on or to with lines to just chose write your own entry. I like the idea of using this journal as a gratefulness journal and jot down something I’m thankful for each day.
10. Before Amen Prayer Journal by Max Lucado: Another great type of journal is a prayer journal. When I’m having a hard time praying, I find that writing my prayers out helps me to get my thoughts out and I also find that some prayers I have written down for my children, husband, family and friends, I can go back to. I also like to write about answered prayers and like to go back and read over those pages during more difficult times and be reminded about what God has already done in my life. Max Lucado is a great author and I wouldn’t mind having some scriptures and some of his thoughts on prayer in my journal as food for thought.
Did any stand out to you? Anyone out there still journal? Is there a journal you love? I would love to hear from you in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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